Think Spring!SMMA’s Geranium fundraiser
is under way!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Monday, March 23, 2015
here for SMMA’s 2014 Fall
Fashion Show Event Gallery
The Southwest Missouri Museum
started as an Art Study Club
organized by Miss Deborah Weisel in
1926 with six members: Mrs. John W.
Byng, Mrs Edwina Cossey, Mrs. Guy
Evans, Mrs. Lewis Luster, Mrs.
Thomas Martin, and Mrs. Edward
Wilhoit. Miss Weisel was a fine arts
teacher at Springfield State
Teachers College (now
Missouri State University). The
group incorporated as the
Springfield Art Museum in 1928 and
deeded the museum and its properties
to the City of Springfield in 1947.
We then became an organization of
over 600 members called the
Southwest Missouri Museum
Our purpose is to support and
promote the Springfield Art Museum
and art in Southwest Missouri by:
Contributing to the Art
Museum’s physical building
needs not met by the City of
Making donations to the
including but not limited to
works of art.
Providing volunteer services to
the Art Museum.
Fostering programs and art
instruction for the purpose of
the enrichment of SMMA
members and informing and
interesting the community in the
appreciation of art and the
Springfield Art Museum.
We have many fund-raising events to
meet these goals. Some of the services
we provide are:
Hosting community receptions for the
opening of exhibits at the museum
Busing for all the 5th grade
students in the Springfield School
District and surrounding areas to
come to the Museum for a docent tour
of the exhibit once a year.
Purchase awards for Watercolor USA,
the Prints USA and the MOAK
(Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas,
Send one representative to the
National Docent Symposium
Purchase materials for the Museum
scholarships for art classes.
Museum Shop – Purchasing and
SMMA Recent Acquisitions:
Watercolor USA Exhibit Opens on
Friday, June 7, 2013
Watercolor U.S.A. is a nationally known,
annual juried exhibition recognizing
aqueous media painting. Featuring some
of the country's best known artists and
jurors, the event is open to artists
from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Hundreds of entries are received
annually and judged for a variety of
prizes and possible purchase by the
Museum or its patrons. Approximately
$40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and
Springfield Art Museum purchase awards
are available. Organized in 1962 by the
Springfield Art Museum, this event
attracts thousands of visitors annually
to the Museum and to Springfield to view
the work of exhibitors.
James John Maria, Auctoritatem
Ipsius Dei, 2011, watercolor on paper,
22 x 30 inches. Southwest Missouri
Museum Associates Purchase for the
Museum Collection. Winner of the Robert
E. Goodier Memorial $1,000 Cash Award
for Traditional Transparent Watercolor,
given by his children, Winslow and
Muriel Mimura, Maiko, Kyoto, 2011,
watercolor on paper, 17.75 x 25 inches.
Southwest Missouri Museum Associates
Purchase for the Museum Collection, in
honor of Margaret Hindman, SMMA
Executive Secretary from 2002 to 2011.
consisting of Joyce
Rohman and Lana
Cook, honored the
request of the
Museum’s curator by
purchasing these two
paintings as SMMA’s
Watercolor USA 2013
Both works of art
will join the
The Quest of Odin
by Andrew Kish III
Preserving by Denny